This course addresses ethics terminology and history, ethics versus. law, the role of ethics in professionalism and business relationships, the RIPS ethical decision-making model, and application of the model to case situations. This module will help you approach ethical situations with confidence that you can make ethical decisions and implement a course of action.This module helps fulfill the professionalism prerequisite requirement for completing APTAʹs Level 2 Credentialed Clinical Instructor course. You do not have to be enrolled in the Level 2 course to take this course and earn CEU credit.

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Completion Instructions

Review course content; complete the assessment with at least a 70% score; complete the course evaluation; claim certificate.

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Dolly Swisher, PT, PhD; Sandra Davis, PT; Bruce Greenfield, PT, MA, PhD; Dennise Krencicki, PT, DPT, MA; Lisa Donegan Shoaf, PT, DPT, PhD; Lauren Dockter, JD, LLM

Learning objectives

After completing this module, you should be able to:\n

  1. Identify the correct ethical term outlined in the scenario, provided with a scenario and a list of ethical terms.
  2. Identify definitions of commonly used ethical terminology.
  3. Apply the steps of the RIPS model of ethical decision-making to an ethical situation.
  4. Determine a course of action in response to an ethical situation presented by a case scenario Identify the correct ethical principle used for each given example of commonly encountered ethical situations in physical therapy.


  • Veterans Administration (VA)
  • Students

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Type:E-Learning Course
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Domains:ethics, Ethics and Professionalism, professionalism

The following credits are available upon completion of these activities.

Total credits:  0.3
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